Now that shopping is a major chore in this pandemic time, keep it simple by making your own salad dressings. Start with homemade mayonnaise. You won’t believe how easy it is to make or how delicious it tastes. You probably have most of the ingredients you need to make these dressings in your pantry and refrigerator.

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Homemade Mayonnaise

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A delicious and easy recipe shared by: Jovina Coughlin of Jovina Cooks

Ingredients:

  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 cup olive oil (Not extra virgin.) Avocado oil is also good in this recipe.

Directions:

  1. Place the egg and lemon juice in a blender. Let them come to room temperature together, about 30-60 minutes.
  2. Add the dry mustard, salt, and 1/4 cup of the oil.
  3. Blend until well mixed – about 20 to 30 seconds.
  4. Remove the cap from the top of the blender cover and pour the remaining 1 cup of oil very slowly into the mixture in the blender. This takes about two minutes or so until you hear the pitch change as the liquid starts to form an emulsion. Eventually, the substance inside the blender will start to look like regular mayonnaise.
  5. Store in a covered glass jar in the refrigerator.

Ranch Dressing

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For a blue cheese salad dressing, simply stir 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese into the mixed dressing. Recipe shared by: Jovina Coughlin of Jovina Cooks

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup buttermilk (or 3 tablespoons buttermilk powder and ¾ cup of water)
  • 1/2 cup homemade mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried chives
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, mayonnaise, sour cream, and vinegar.
  2. Add the chives, parsley, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper and whisk well to combine.
  3. Store covered in the refrigerator for several hours to allow the flavors to blend.

Thousand Island Dressing

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Great for seafood as well as vegetables. Recipe shared by: Jovina Coughlin of Jovina Cooks

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup onion, minced
  • 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a mixing bowl, cover, and refrigerate for several hours.

Caesar Salad Dressing

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Makes about 1/2 cup. Can be doubled. Recipe shared by: Jovina Coughlin of Jovina Cooks

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small clove garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Directions:

  1. Place garlic and salt in a medium bowl and mash with the back of a spoon to form a paste.
  2. Add lemon juice, mayonnaise, mustard, anchovy paste, and pepper; whisk to combine.
  3. Slowly drizzle in oil, whisking constantly.
  4. Add cheese and whisk to combine.
  5. The dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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2 thoughts on “Make Your Own Creamy Salad Dressings”

  1. Thank you Jovina — perfect timing! With an over abundance of kale in the garden, I’ve been working over time to come up with new salad combos — so next up will be kale, avocado, & shrimp with homemade thousand island dressing.

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